Most people look to cosmetic dentistry for the obvious benefits. They don't like the shape, colour or tilt of their teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is an avenue to improved aesthetics, boosted self-esteem and greater confidence. It's a fact that a straight, white and beautiful smile can help a person make a greater first impression. But did you know that there are a host of health benefits associated with cosmetic dentistry?
It's true! Some of the most common cosmetic procedures can boost a person's health, as well as their aesthetics. This makes cosmetics one of the most practical branches of dentistry.
Example #1: Tooth Bonding
Dental bonding is a procedure that is used to conceal tooth imperfections. These imperfections include discolouration, chips and cracks. To begin this procedure, your dentist will create a composite resin material. A qualified professional will be sure to create a material that matches the natural colour of your teeth. Then, he or she will apply the material to the damaged areas. Dentalbonding is generally used as an affordable alternative to veneers.
By sealing your tooth imperfections, you do more than boost appearances. The composite material can strengthen your tooth and stop decay. When cracks and chips are left uncared for, they eventually grow more severe. Without dental bonding, these damages can eventually lead to bone loss.
Example #2: Orthodontics
If you have misaligned teeth or improper bite alignment, your dentist may recommend orthodontics. Although often seen as a purely cosmetic branch of dentistry, orthodontics help to boost a patient's overall health.
When teeth are misaligned, there is an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Poor bite alignment often leads to tooth damage, muscle/jaw pain and headaches. With orthodontics, a patient is more easily able to clean and maintain teeth. They are also more able to effectively chew, bite and speak. A beautiful, straight smile just happens to be a bonus.
Example #3: Dental Implants
Having missing teeth and gaps in your smile can impact your self-esteem. More seriously, it can lead to poor oral and gum health. Dental implants are the best solution for replacing the roots of lost teeth. They also offer the following health advantages:
- Prevention of bone loss
- Improved chewing ability
- Extended lifespan of existing teeth
You may know someone who has lost teeth and now has the appearance of a sunken-in face. This is a result of bone loss that
occurs under the surface when a tooth is missing. You may not realize it, but your teeth are vital to maintaining the structure of your face. Ultimately, tooth loss can affect the jaw, muscles, aesthetics and skin of your face.
One great benefit of dental implants is that they are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. The health benefits here certainly don't take away from the aesthetic advantage.
The Health Advantage of Motivation
Above we have three prime examples of healthful cosmetic dentistry. But, the truth is that all
cosmetic procedures offer at least one health benefit: motivation. Studies show that people are more likely to take care of their oral health when they have a smile to be proud of. The procedure may entail straightening, whitening, filling or all of the above. Whatever the case, the aftermath of the treatment will leave you more likely to brush, floss and rinse. Ask your dentist, and you're sure to find that the long-term advantages of an oral health routine are invaluable.
If you would like to learn more about the health advantages of cosmetic dentistry, your first step is to contact your dentist. He or she can inform you of your cosmetic options and help you select the best course for treatment.